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Pacific Rim Championships Headed for Everett, Washington

7 Apr, 2016


World champions, Olympians and multiple medal winners to the new up-and-comers, U.S. athletes will compete alongside a deep international field for the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships, presented by Hershey’s, April 8-10, at the XFINITY Arena at Everett (Wash).

Headlining the international field for the women are Australia’s 2012 Olympian Emily Little, a three-time World team member, Commonwealth Games gold medalist and two-time medalist at the 2010 Pacific Rim Championships; her Olympic teammate Larrissa Miller, a four-time World team member and Commonwealth Games silver medalist; and 2014 Pacific Rim Championship team bronze-medalist Georgia-Rose Brown, also a two-time World team member and Commonwealth Games silver medalist.

Also set to challenge for a medal is 2012 Olympic vault finalist Brittany Rogers of Canada, a two-time world team member, placed third on vault and uneven bars at the 2008 Pacific Rim Championships. Canadians Megan Roberts, Rose-Kaying Woo, and Shallon Olsen earned the team silver at the 2014 Pacific Rim Championships. Additionally, Olsen won vault at the 2016 Elite Canada.

For the men, 2012 Olympic high bar finalist Jossimar Calvo Moreno of Colombia is a top contender along with his veteran teammate three-time Olympian Jorge Giraldo. A five-time World team member, Calvo earned three individual gold medals at the 2015 Pan American Games in addition to the all-around bronze.  Also set to contend for a spot on the podium is China’s Weifeng Cai, 2014 Pac Rim pommel horse silver medalist, and teammate Jingyuan Zou, 2014 Pac Rim still rings silver and parallel bars bronze medalist

World team champions Sergei Azarian and Mikhail Melnik of Russia highlight the men’s international field for trampoline while teammate Anna Kornetskaya, a 2015 World team bronze medalist, headlines the women’s field.

A talented international rhythmic field includes 2014 Pac Rim silver medalists Cindy Huh and Katherine Uchida of Canada, along with China’s Yili Wang, a 2014 Pac Rim team bronze medalist. Danielle Prince, a Commonwealth Games gold medalist and four-time Australian national champion, is another podium contender.

The international field for the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships is as follows. 

Women’s gymnastics

Senior

Australia: Georgia-Rose Brown, Emily Little, Larrissa Miller, Rianna Mizzen, Mary-Anne Monckton, Emma Nedov, Emily Whitehead

Canada: Shallon Olsen, Kirsten Peterman, Megan Roberts, Brittany Rogers, Meixi Semple, Rose-Kaying Woo

Chile: Melany Cabrera, Makarena Pinto

Colombia: Yurany Avendano, Ginna Escobar, Marcela Sandoval

Costa Rica: Heika del Sol Salas Castro, Ivanka Victory Arroyo

Ecuador: Giulianna Pino Alcivar

Hong Kong: Tsz Sum Elizabeth Chan, Nim Yan Choi, Sau Chung Kwan, Yan Yin Ng

Honduras: Kaisa Chirinos

Japan: Nagi Kajita

Mexico: Cassandra Loustalot, Mariana Vazquez

New Zealand: Courtney McGregor, Mackenzie Slee, Charlotte Sullivan

Panama: Valentina Brostella Arias

Singapore: Colette Chan, Janessa Min Yi, Nadine Joy Nathan, Sze En Tan, Qiyan Zeng 

Junior

Colombia: Paula Arevalo, Ximena Quintana, Juliana Villa

Costa Rica: Luciana Alvarado Reid, Camila Montoya Jimenez, Franciny Morales Barquero

Hong Kong: Cheuk Lam Chan, Ho Yat Cheung

Japan: Natsumi Hanashima, Soyoka Hanawa, Kiko Kuwajima, Mana Oguchi

Mexico: Paulina Aranda, Louise Lopez, Jimena Moreno, Jazibe Sandoval

New Zealand: Stella Ashcroft, Estella Mathewson

Singapore: Celeste Pei Lu Tong

Chinese Taipei: Ko Ching Fang, Pin Ju Lai

United States: To be determined.

Men’s gymnastics

Senior

Australia: Scott Costin, Michael Mercieca, Mitchell Morgans, Christopher Remkes, Luke Wadsworth, Luke Wiwatowski

Canada: Damien Cachia, Justin Karstadt, Aaron Mah, Scott Nabata, Samuel Paquin, Sam Zakutney

Chile: Daniel Basilio, Ignacio Pizarro

China: Weifeng Cai, Baisen Gu, Xuwei Hu, Jile Mu, Xiaoming Wu, Jingyuan Zou

Colombia: Jossimar Calvo, Jorge Girgaldo, Andres Martinez

Costa Rica: Tarik Soto Byfield

Hong Kong: Man Hin Jim, Man Hin Frankie Lee

Japan: Naoki Yamane, Yujiro Terachi

Mexico: Molina Romero

New Zealand: David Bishop, Devy Dyson, Callum Phillips

Philippines: Rafael Ablaza, Rexland Capellon, Jag Owyhn Timbang

Chinese Taipei: Mao-Hua Chiu, Ko-Chiang Huang, Shin-Tung Hung 

Junior

Chile: Francisco Perez, Ignacio Varas

Colombia: Manuel Martinez, David Toro, Michael Vargas

Costa Rica: Francisco Antonio Acuña Flaqué

Hong Kong: O Long Andrew Fung, Feng Julian Mui, Ka Ki Ng, Chun Hei Vincent Wong

Japan: Kanta Amano, Ryosuke Doi, Ryuto Sako, Kosuke Wakasa

New Zealand: Ethan Dick

Philippines: Mathew Vergara, Carlos Edriel Yulo

Chinese Taipei: Ashih-Yen Fang, Yo-Jan Shiao

 

Rhythmic gymnastics

Senior

Australia: Danielle Prince, Tara Wilkie

Canada: Cindy Huh, Katherine Uchida, Carmen Whelan

Chile: Ignacia Baeza, Valentina Castro, Valeska Gonzalez

China: Zhangjiayang Huang, Yili Wang, Doudou Zhang

Colombia: Lina Dussan

Hong Kong: Stacy Devina Chan, Lai Chun Cheng

Malaysia: Izzah Amzan, Sie Yan Koi, Amy Dict Weng Kwan, Shasangari Sivanesws Nagarajan, Poh San Wong

New Zealand: Keziah Oliver 

Junior

Australia: Alexandra Eedle, Audrey Freeman, Lidiia Lakovleva

Canada: Alexandra Chtrevenskii, Sophie Crane, Natalie Garcia

Chile: Emilia Bugueiro, Kassandra Guzman and Maria Fernanda Labra

China: Yajing Liu, Ran Yu, Yating Zhao

Hong Kong: Sun Yi Ali, Darynne Qingyan Lee, Ka Kei Wan, Hilda Yeung

Malaysia: Nur Naieme Zainul Ariffin

New Zealand: Stella Ebert, Grace Shroder, Anna Taylor 

Trampoline

Senior men

Australia: Shawn Swadling, Ty Swadling

Canada: Keegan Soehn, Kyle Soehn

Colombia: Alvaro Calero, Haiber Giraldo, Angel Hernandez

Japan: Ginga Munetomo, Hiroto Yamada

Mexico: Luis Armando Loria, Jose Alberto Vargas

New Zealand: Jared Cooper, Dylan Schmidt

Russia: Sergei Azarian, Mikhail Melnik

Junior men

Australia: Daniel Hancock

Canada: Zachary Blakely, Jérémy Chartier

Japan: Yamato Ishikawa, Hiroto Unno

Mexico: Adrian Martinez, Victor Rodriguez

Russia: Igor Baykov, Denis Smirnov

Senior women

Australia: Leanne Janse Van Rensburg, Kaitlyn Perkins

Canada: Samantha Sendel, Samantha Smith

Colombia: Katish Hernandez

Japan: Moeri Handa, Chiho Matsubara

Mexico: Karina Cantu, Samantha Chavez

Russia: Susana Kochesok, Anna Kornetskaya 

Junior women

Australia: Cassandra Hoare, Kira Ward

Canada: Kalena Soehn

Japan: Oka Sugitani, Yumi Takagi

Mexico: Patricia Nunez, Carolina Peregrina

New Zealand: Madeline Davidson, Alexa Kennedy

Russia: Iana Lebedeva, Daria Trapizonova

The U.S. athletes competing at the Pac Rim Championships are listed below.

Women’s gymnastics

Simone Biles, Houston/World Champions Centre

Rest of the team announced in near future

Men’s gymnastics

Jake Dalton of Reno, Nev./Team Hilton (University of Oklahoma); Sam Mikulak of Newport Beach, Calif./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); Alex Naddour of Gilbert, Ariz./Team Hilton (USA Youth Fitness Center); John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); Eddie Penev of Penfield, N.Y./U.S. Olympic Training Center; and Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center).

Trampoline

Seniors:  Charlotte Drury of Laguna Niguel, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics; Shaylee Dunavin of Amarillo, Texas/Trampoline and Tumbling Express; Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy; and Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy.

Juniors:  Tristan Ackerson of Florence, Ky./MJM Studios Inc.; Miah Bruns, Crete, Ill./Midwest Training and Ice Center; Alyssa Oh, Rocklin, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics; and Isaac Rowley, Allen, Texas/Eagles Wings Athletics.

The three-day Pacific Rim Championships is expected to feature more than 200 gymnasts from more than 19 Pac Rim countries, competing in men’s and women’s gymnastics, trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics.  The countries are Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, and the United States.

The various ticket packages for men’s and women’s gymnastics and trampoline at the XFINITY Arena are listed below.  Ticket prices vary based on seat location. Tickets may be purchased at the XFINITY Arena Box Office charge by phone 1-866-332-8499 or xfinityarenaeverett.com.

  • Men’s gymnastics team and all-around finals plus men’s and women’s trampoline team finals:  includes both sessions (1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.) on April 8, with medals awarded following the 7 p.m. session; tickets range in price from $50-$100. The USA will compete in Subdivision 2 for men’s gymnastics.

  • Women’s gymnastics team and all-around finals plus men’s and women’s trampoline finals:  includes both sessions (1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.) on April 9, with medals awarded following the 7 p.m. session; tickets range in price from $65-$125.  The USA will compete in Subdivision 2 for women’s gymnastics.

  • Men’s and women’s gymnastics individual event finals:  includes both sessions (12 p.m./juniors and 6 p.m./seniors) on April 10, with medals awarded at the conclusion of each session; tickets range in price from $60-$115.

  • Single sessionmen’s gymnastics team and all-around finals/men’s and women’s trampoline team finals, April 8, 1:30 p.m. – $25-$50 and 7 p.m. (USA session for men’s gymnastics) – $30-$65; women’s gymnastics team and all-around finals/men’s and women’s trampoline finals, April 9, 1:30 p.m. – $30-$65 and 7 p.m. (USA session for women’s gymnastics)– $37.50-$75; and men’s and women’s gymnastics event finals, April 10, 12 p.m. (juniors) – $25-$50 and 6 p.m. (seniors) – $39.50-$80.

  • All-session: includes all six sessions and ranges in price from $275-$125. 

  • Tickets for rhythmic gymnastics, which will be held at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center at the Everett Community College, are general admission: $20 per day, April 8-9, and $25, April 10, plus any applicable fees.   The rhythmic gymnastics competition schedule is:  April 8-9, 2 p.m. – team and all-around finals (two events per day); and April 10, 1 p.m. – junior and senior individual event finals.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at xfinityarenaeverett.com. 

The competition schedule, which is subject to change, is listed below.

April 8

1:30 p.m.         Subdivision 1:  Men’s gymnastics team and all-around finals, and women’s trampoline team finals and individual preliminaries; XFINITY Arena

2 p.m.              Rhythmic gymnastics team and all-around finals (two events), Walt Price Student Fitness Center, Everett Community College

7 p.m.              Subdivision 2:  Men’s team and all-around finals, and men’s trampoline team finals and individual preliminaries; XFINITY Arena

April 9

1:30 p.m.         Subdivision 1:  Women’s gymnastics team and all-around finals, and junior men’s and women’s trampoline finals; XFINITY Arena

2 p.m.              Rhythmic gymnastics team and all-around finals (two events), Walt Price Student Fitness Center, Everett Community College

7 p.m.              Subdivision 2:  Women’s gymnastics team and all-around finals, and senior men’s and women’s trampoline finals; XFINITY Arena

April 10

12 p.m.            Junior men’s and women’s gymnastics individual event finals; XFINITY Arena

1 p.m.              Rhythmic gymnastics junior and senior individual event finals, Walt Price Student Fitness Center, Everett Community College

6 p.m.              Senior men’s and women’s gymnastics individual event finals; XFINITY Arena

The team competition format for all disciplines is a mixture of junior and senior level athletes. The medalists for both team and the all-around, as well as qualifiers for event finals, for men’s, women’s and rhythmic gymnastics are determined during the team competition.  For trampoline, the first day of competition determines which athletes advance to the finals.  The top eight in the rankings advance to the finals, and a maximum of two athletes per country are eligible to advance to the individual event finals.

For more information on the Pac Rim Championships, go to pacrim2016.com.

In addition to the 2012 and 2016 Pacific Rim Championships, the Seattle area has held three other major gymnastics events:  the gymnastics competition at the 1990 Goodwill Games was staged in Tacoma, and Seattle was the site for the 1995 American Cup and 1973 women's national championships.

Held every two years, the Pacific Rim Championships traditionally feature gymnasts from Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore and the United States. NBC Sports will televise action from the Pacific Rim Championships. Past sites include: 2014, Richmond, B.C., Canada; 2012, Everett, Wash.; 2010, Melbourne, Australia; 2008, San Jose, Calif.; and 2006, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Background

  • The Hershey Company. The Hershey Company, headquartered in Hershey, Pa., is a global confectionery leader known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolate, sweets, mints and other great-tasting snacks. Hershey has approximately 21,000 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company has more than 80 brands around the world that drive more than $7.4 billion in annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Jolly Rancher, Ice Breakers and Brookside. Building on its core business, Hershey is expanding its portfolio to include a broader range of delicious snacks. The company remains focused on growing its presence in key international markets while continuing to extend its competitive advantage in North America.  At Hershey, goodness has always been about more than delicious products. For more than 120 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder, Milton Hershey, created the Milton Hershey School in 1909 and since then the company has focused on giving underserved children the skills and support they need to be successful. Today, the company continues this social purpose through 'Nourishing Minds,' a global initiative that provides basic nutrition to help children learn and grow. From neighborhoods across the United States to the streets of Shanghai and Mumbai and villages of West Africa, our goal is to nourish one million minds by 2020.   Visit: www.thehersheycompany.com

  • XFINITY Arena at Everett.  The XFINITY Arena at Everett, recipient of the International Association of Venue Manager's (IAVM) prestigious Venue Excellence Award 2010, was developed by the Everett Public Facilities District. The 10,000-seat venue hosts a myriad of events including concerts, ice skating and family shows. The facility is also home to the Everett Silvertips, a Western Hockey League franchise, and the venue accommodates other sporting events such as basketball, volleyball and international skating competitions.  Spectra is a major provider of sports and entertainment hospitality services in Washington. One or more of the divisions is at work supporting 15 Washington venues and events, including Washington State University and Gonzaga.

  • Spectra by Comcast Spectacor. Spectra by Comcast Spectacor is the expert in hosting and entertainment, partnering with over 300 clients at 400 global properties to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s expertise is embodied within three divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services & Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services), and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan). Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com.  Comcast Spectacor is part of Comcast Corporation, a Fortune 50 media and technology company that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, in addition to Spectra, Comcast Spectacor owns and operates the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center venue. Visit us at ComcastSpectacor.com, Philadelphia Flyers.com, and WellsFargoCenterPhilly.com for more information.

  • USA Gymnastics. Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men's and women's artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics, and group gymnastics (known internationally as Gymnastics for All). For more information, log on to www.usagym.org.

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